Longer Lives, Better Jobs and 13 Other Reasons You Need Friends

Feeling curmudgeonly and overwhelmed by life? Nobody can snap you out of a funk like a good girlfriend. Here's why making time for close friends can make you happier, healthier and a better person (16 Photos)

Ronnie Koenig on Sep 21, 2012 at 11:48PM

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Longer Lives, Better Jobs and 13 Other Reasons You Need Friends

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They're Great Problem-Solvers

A friend might have a perspective on a situation you previously didn’t consider.

“Friends can help you approach problems with a new perspective,” says Irene S. Levine, psychologist, creator of TheFriendshipBlog.com and author of Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend. “She may have a different background than you or have had different experiences. If she is older or younger, she may see things differently than you do.”

She probably also has different strengths than you. It’s true: You can’t be good at everything! And nobody expects you to be. With a little teamwork, there’s no obstacle you can’t overcome.

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